"A double hookup on 35-pound redfish with topwater baits!" Frenette exclaimed. "It doesn't get any better than this in fishing. I've caught tons of big fish offshore, but for pure fun and excitement, nothing compares to catching big reds on topwater baits. They strike like someone dropping a concrete block into the water. It's exhilarating!"
Looking Down, Eating Up
Indeed. Despite living with downward-turned mouths better suited for slurping morsels off the bottom, redfish regularly grab anything swimming above them. Using these methods, anglers should find plenty of excitement on top wherever they can find redfish. From Texas to Virginia - whether anglers call them redfish, red drum, channel bass, spot-tails or rock munchers - these marauders of shallow water make the adrenaline pump on turbo when they rush toward a topwater bait and obliterate it.
"A redfish's mouth faces the bottom, and it's not really adept at feeding on the surface, but they do it," explains Capt. Mike Gallo, a guide from Slidell, Louisiana. "A redfish is a pig. It eats and eats. Unlike speckled trout, instead of eating one big bait versus a lot of little ones, a redfish will eat the big bait and then eat the little ones."
Mullets rank among the choicest morsels for gluttonous redfish. Sometimes, huge wolf packs of reds gather in bays to savage mullets or anything else they can gobble. A school might span several acres. Topwater baits make effective enticements because they resemble mullets sticking their heads out of the water to feed on plankton or algae.